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Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, the state minister for shipping, has been diagnosed with coronavirus, reports UNB.

“His test report came positive yesterday,” shipping ministry’s senior information officer Md Jahangir Alam Khan told UNB.

The state minister is currently in isolation at his home, Khan said.

Bangladesh on Tuesday saw a rise in both the number of coronavirus deaths and new reported cases.

The country’s health authorities announced 43 deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday, pushing up the death tally to 4,802.

During the period, 1,724 new cases were detected after testing 14,050 samples at 94 RT-PCR labs, said a handout from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Bangladesh reported its first cases on 8nMarch and the first death on 18 March.

The country’s confirmed cases soared past 300,000-mark on 26 Aug.


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